The challenge for Cosplay Melee‘s third episode was “Angels and Demons.” Finally, a topic I know a little something about!
The first thing the designers had to do was draw feathers (like drawing straws, but more dramatic). If they drew a black feather, they had to create a demon; if they drew a white feather, they had to create an angel. Once, their roles were assigned, they had to create wings. Let’s meet the contestants!
Marty is from Philadelphia. She volunteers as an entertainer at a Children’s Hospital, using her cosplay skills to give back to the community. She drew an angel feather and created these massive wings. LeeAnna Vamp’s criticism of this look was that at a convention, those wings would be completely impractical, and she would hit everyone in sight.
Garrick is from Phoenix, Arizona. He wanted to draw a white feather, but he drew a black feather instead. I thought this was strange because it’s pretty commonly understood that bad guys are more interesting than good guys. At any rate, he decided to make his demon a fallen angel who lost his wings. There are swords where the wings should be. It’s meh.
Lisa is from Minneapolis. She drew a black feather and created a character based on the four horsemen of the apocalypse. One of the four horsemen is Pestilence, bringing illness and disease. Lisa chose the colors green, black, and purple to represent this character. LeeAnna excused herself from judging because she knew Lisa personally. Lisa won the first round.
Jesse is a fashion designer from Dallas. She bit off more than she could chew. The camera didn’t exactly linger on her creation (likely because these wings weren’t particularly nice to look at) and there were no shots that showed her in the same frame as her wings. She pulled a white feather and created an angel who sacrificed her wings for the people of earth, so they made her wings of stone to show their gratitude. Yeah. Her story is about as clunky as her wings. She lost this round and was sent home.
For the main challenge, the designers had to not only fully realize their angels and demons but they had to make the wings move using a choice of three mechanisms: springs or two different types of actuators. Here are the final looks:
The way Marty made the breastplate was cool. She molded it using a mannequin. And the wings were impressive, especially once they opened. However, why this angel is wearing grey sweatpants is beyond me.
Lisa was the clear winner. This character is insanely cool and well done. And, like I said, bad guys are more interesting (Disney villains, anyone?). Even if Marty’s angel didn’t look like she was on her way to the gym, it would have been tough to compete with Lisa’s demon.